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    Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Auto-hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Auto-hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10

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    By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of your screen(s) in Windows. You can set to auto-hide the taskbar to create more space. If you don't see the taskbar anywhere on the screen, it might be hidden.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to auto-hide the taskbar in desktop mode for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    To Show Taskbar when Hidden:


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Registry Editor



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    Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.
    Note   Note
    You can also right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Taskbar settings.
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    2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and turn On or Off (default) Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Desktop Mode in Registry Editor

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, browse to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3

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    4. In the right pane of the StruckRects3 key, double click/tap on the Settings binary value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    5. Do step 6 (off) or step 7 (on) below for what you would like to do..


     6. To Turn Off Auto-hide the Taskbar

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Change the value highlighted in yellow below to 02, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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     7. To Turn On Auto-hide the Taskbar

    A) Change the value highlighted in yellow below to 03, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Close Registry Editor.

    9. Either Restart explorer or sign out and sign in to apply.




    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    1 Day Ago #1

    is there any program that allows me Hide and Show Taskbar? I found a couple on internet but they just keep blank that bottom part and they do not do the same as when you do it manually. But manually is awkward. For that reason I'm asking if there is like a simple program (could be via autohotkey) to be able to easily Hide and Show Taskbar in Windows 10?
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       1 Day Ago #2

    Hello Oliver,

    If you like, you could create a couple of .bat files or .reg file to make it easy to toggle this on/off, and restart explorer afterward to apply.
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  3.    1 Day Ago #3

    do you mean "me"?
    I'm afraid I don't know how to create that
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       1 Day Ago #4

    You could use TranslucentTB to make taskbar transparent, which is sort of a trade off of both options.
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  5.    1 Day Ago #5

    Thanks
    I applied it, but that's not what I'm looking for
    I'm looking for a way to easily hide/unhide the taskbar but expanding the visible screen (not keeping the taskbar space "empty" when it is hidden -for my purpose that would be useless-)

    by the way how can I reverse what that program did? it did change the color of my taskbar and I don't want that
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       1 Day Ago #6

    OliverPedro said: View Post
    Thanks
    I applied it, but that's not what I'm looking for
    I'm looking for a way to easily hide/unhide the taskbar but expanding the visible screen (not keeping the taskbar space "empty" when it is hidden -for my purpose that would be useless-)

    by the way how can I reverse what that program did? it did change the color of my taskbar and I don't want that
    Hi there. I think the best you'll do without hack or 3rd party is auto hide the Taskbar and use WinKey/T to see it and then Alt/Tab to hide it again.

    Escape used to work in previous OSs, but changed in 10. Esc will rid the thumbnails seen here, though.

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  7. Posts : 20,887
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       1 Day Ago #7

    OliverPedro said: View Post
    do you mean "me"?
    I'm afraid I don't know how to create that
    Using Option One from the taskbar to Settings would probably be the easiest way to toggle this on/off though.
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  8.    1 Day Ago #8

    I don't care to use a 3rd party program as long as it does what I'm looking for which is to be able to have always the taskbar visible and when I need to get more space at the screen to press a hotkey so that I can also take advantage of the space now used by the taskbar and then be able to press again to come back at the normal way

    I guess I'm not the first one interested in that.

    The programs I found (or autohotkey scripts) where keeping blank the space and won't help me since my desire is to hide the taskbar only if I can make use of that area to further visibility

    thanks
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  9.    1 Day Ago #9

    @Brink

    quite awkward to use when working with graphics and interested in expanding visibility quite frequently

    is there an automate way to fulfill "option one"?
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